The Wikipedia definition is: “Benevolence means much good for others. As such, it is a form of love. But some theologians, such as Thomas Jay Oord, have argued that love involves both giving and receiving. A loving person must, then, be both benevolent and open to receiving good gifts from others.”
It’s a word that I’ve always been attracted to – conjures up such positive images – gives me a warm feeling. My definition: a choice; a lifestyle, in many ways. The antithesis to violence; the warm spirit of generosity of attention and deliberate caring.
Still reading DeBlasi’s “A Thousand Days in Venice”, and she, too, uses this word.